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Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips

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75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 6218
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Full day reef trip - utterly brilliant

Amazing! Inspiring! Such a great experience. Words from teenagers! The crew are knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bindi L
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Don't let the rain deter you!

DAY IN REVIEW: Crazy rain didn't put a stop to a great first experience of the GBR. THE STAFF... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Angela C
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Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a coral cay island. In only 1 1/4 hours the fast air-conditioned Seastar 1 can take you from Cairns to magnificent Michaelmas Cay, the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays. Cruising past Green Island, Upolu cay and Oyster reef Seastar is the first boat to arrive. After an enjoyable time here it is a short 20 minute cruise to the splendid Hastings Reef sitting on the very outer edge. This is where the corals thrive, well out from the coast away from the influence the rivers and streams, adjacent to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will have 2 1/2 hours at each location. Plenty of time to go snorkeling, do a introductory dive, relax on the beach of the Island or join a tour in the Glass Bottom Boat at Hastings Reef. The day cruise on Seastar inlcudes Morning/Afternoon tea, high quality snorkel equipment, Wetsuit or Lycra suit (depending on the time of year), Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Reef Interpretation & Guided Snorkel Tours on each spot.
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75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 6218

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing! Inspiring! Such a great experience. Words from teenagers! The crew are knowledgeable, passionate and helpful. From start to finish this is a wonderful and essential experience. Don't trust it to anyone else.

Thank Bindi L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

DAY IN REVIEW: Crazy rain didn't put a stop to a great first experience of the GBR. THE STAFF: Without a doubt full credit to the skipper & today's crew of Seacrest (17th Jan). From the initial welcome aboard, to the handshake as you step...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were a party of 15 and were collected on time at our various hotels. We were taken to the pier. A basic brekkie of toasts, coffees and pastries were on offer. Heaps of water and cold drinks. We were fitted with flippers and goggles...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband, mom and I went out with Seastar cruises and had a great experience. The staff were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I have food allergies and they prepared my food separately which was a big plus. After leaving the marina, the boat started having...More

Thank reneek22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well executed trip to the Great Barrier Reef, exceeded my expectations. Great Friendly and Attentive crew who went all out to make happy customers and keep all safe. I did the Certified dives in a small group of 4, saw a Maori Wrasse, couple of...More

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just came back from a trip to the reef with the Seastar crew. We did two snorkels at two sites (one from a sandbank into the sea, one from the boat into the sea) and a glass bottom boat trip. The crew were very friendly...More

Thank doctorcraig
Reviewed 1 week ago

went with Seastar to hastings reef on 28 december 2017. The crew was very helpful and informative. They gave us all the basics of snorkelling. We were novice and they were very patient. I lost my go pro at michaelmas cay, but the crew retrieved...More

Thank nisahsky1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a full day trip and loved every minute of it. Such an incredible journey and the staff have loads of knowledge as they show you parts of the reef. Went to two locations, the second which was on the outer reef had a lot...More

Thank AshleyDevon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful day with the very knowledgeable Sea Star crew. Staff was helpful...food was great.....information on the Reef was superb. Help with snorkeling gear and watchful eyes were appreciated. Info on ecology and bleaching was very accurate and right on. Cheers to Laura,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went on a cruise to the great barrier reef together with my wife on the Seastar 31st December. As we are both certified divers we were looking for a good company to go diving with. We liked the tour to the cay with the possibility...More

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Trish C
3 December 2017|
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Response from GJ2707 | Reviewed this property |
we have stayed in Mantra esplanade, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hides Hotel. for great location and on a budget go for Hides. Mantra is really nice, across road from lagoon, but quite expensive. DoubleTree is also on esplanade... More
Trish C
3 December 2017|
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Response from purpletravel277 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a ‘book now’ link at the bottom of their webpage seastarcruises (trip advisor actually links to their website), they also have an email address listed on their page too. I actually called them on the phone and... More
1 November 2017|
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Response from Sue K | Reviewed this property |
We booked three weeks before we left & had no problem making a reservation.